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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Listening to the stars

I accidentally signed into another email account this morning when I turned on my computer. Since I was there I decided to check the in box and see what was there and decided to take a peek at my horoscope. I clicked through to see today's reading and this is what it said:

This could be an easygoing day if you don't make yourself busy with unnecessary work. Instead of simply shifting into automatic and starting on your regular list of chores, consider which tasks are non-essential and leave those for another day. Even if you are a typical hardworking Virgo, think about taking some time off today just for yourself. By Rick Levine, copyright 2008,

I had absolutely planned to go about my regular day of chores (laundry, cleaning, dishes, vacuuming...) and such. But I have decided to just get my work accomplished since I have a deadline tomorrow. I'll spend the rest of the day relaxing and taking care of myself. Maybe I'll wash my hair then give myself a manicure and a pedicure. Then relax in front of the television reading magazines.

I'll do a few things around the house, but I'm committing to taking some time off for myself today.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Grumpies, frumpies & Abigail

Shame on me. I'm grumpy and I can barely shake it. Then I feel guilty because images of children in Haiti scroll across my screen. Then it's back to my reality and the grumps set in again.

It's the slow Internet today - don't know if it's the weather or the computer. It's the rude Auntie Flow who refuses to mind her own business and slow the hell down. And she's making me look like a frump. It's the uninspired thoughts that are a victim of the grumps and the frumps. (I'm not even gonna tell you about my lip poking out 'cause I can't have my way.)

But then there's the automated phone call I get from one of my children's health insurance companies that says it's calling about my child Abigail. For a moment I thought I had misheard. Let's see, as I count them off on my fingers - #1 Amber, #2 Andre, #3 Amareah #4 Anna. Nope, no Abigails. Hmmmm??

Then I just have to laugh.

I'm off to think about Abigail. She distracts me from the grumpies.

Yea, don't worry, I know I'm being random.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Official Big Kid

Happy 5th Birthday Amareah!

This was a couple of months ago!

Five years ago today I gave birth to my second baby girl and my third child. I didn't think I would survive having her since I had a 15 month old, high-needs son to take care of already. My son Andre was a real challenge. He, from day one, loudly and continuously demanded whatever it was he wanted at the moment. He would scream in the car for Sometimes it could be 45 minutes. Eventually his older sister discovered that he liked to hold something in his hands and she started holding his hand in the car. Most of the time it would work. Oftentimes it would not. Riding in the car was miserable.

I think Amareah was a little older than one here.

So, I assumed that I would have two screaming babies when Amareah was born, but God had mercy on me. He gave me an infant girl who would contentedly suck her fingers while I tended to the toddler. She would be hungry, but would wait while I stopped him from screaming or fed him or got him some juice or whatever the current need was. She didn't wait indefinitely, but she normally gave me at least 20 minutes.

She's growing into such a sweet, cute kid. Oh she can be bossy and all the other things that come along with being a know-it-all kid, but she is a doll.

Happy Birthday Poot-Woot! Mommy loves you.

The three Musketeers enjoyed cupcakes 
this afternoon in honor of Amareah's 5th birthday 
and she's going to have a princess party on the 30th.

Here's a peek at the process I went through making her birthday party invitations.I am still having trouble with the laptop so I had to get creative with the invitations.)
On the left is what I started with. There was a little creative procurement from a well-known website. I save it to my Sandisk, printed off site then brought it home to copy on my color copier (4-in-1, which I love and can't use because of the laptop issues).

There ya have it... My official big kid. Three down and one to go: Miss Anna will be 3 on her next birthday.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Hope for Haiti

If you've been trying to think of a way to help Haiti then check out Hope for Haiti. The site was created in response to the recent devastating earthquake. A large group of popular bloggers and website owners have pulled their resources to raffle an extraordinary amount of prizes, products and services. You will find everything from beauty products, home decor, jewelry, advertising spots, music downloads and web design packages. The proceeds of the raffle will be donated to The American Red Cross and Compassion International. All raffle tickets are one dollar.

Get updates at the Hope for Haiti Facebook group.

NOTE: I know there are many organizations that you can donate through. In fact, you can click on the links of the two organizations above and donate directly. The reason I've chosen to tell you about Hope for Haiti is because many individuals want to help and don't know how. Many don't want to simply donate $1 to the Red Cross, but buying a raffle ticket (or many raffle tickets) in an effort to win something you can give to someone else as a gift will, in essence, help you and help them. Whatever you choose to do - just help.

Theme for the day? Late and rushing.

Once upon a time there was a little girl who hated to be kept waiting. She would stew silently and eventually learned to always have a book with her to take advantage of the idle time. As she got older and had her own family she was normally on time, but on occasion - just like anyone else - she would run late. Then somewhere, somehow, things began to change. Now it seems like she's always late.

If you haven't already guessed it; that little girl is me. Yes, it seems like lately I am always late, behind, delayed, distracted or any other adverb you can think of to describe it. Please avoid saying delinquent 'cause that will make me feel bad. Despite the truthfulness of it all.

I am one who firmly believes that someone who is always late has no respect for anyone else's time. That's why - in my opinion - doctor's offices, dentist practices, the military, government offices, etc., make individuals wait because they lack respect for the person's time. That's not true for me or at least it hasn't been so now I have to rethink my position on that.

Today, for instance, I was up at 5 a.m., but I was too tired to stay up so I decided to stay in bed until my alarm went off at 5:30. I think the alarm went off, although I can't remember, but I got a wake up call from my NY BF saying, "Get up! It's 6:00!""6 o'clock?!"

And so the day begins. Never mind that I needed to be on time today 'cause I had to be to the VA Hospital by 9:15. I get Andre ready on time and on the bus. The girls are already dressed before he leaves and as soon as the bus rolls away I jump into the shower. It was supposed to be a quick shower, fast moisturizing, jumping into clothes and rushing out of the door. Well, I got all of that done minus rushing out the door, looked into the mirror and my mouth fell open.

"Look at my hair!"

Geez, it's always something. I wasted my last five minutes and additional 10-15 trying to get my hair to do something halfway decent (nope, didn't work! have on a bandanna.) and I couldn't resist fixing me a cup of coffee to go (that didn't turn out well either).

I rush Amareah to school, run Anna to daycare and begin my 30-45 minute drive. I get there (in about 20-25 minutes - don't ask!) and because of contruction there aren't any parking spaces so I have to sit in the valet parking line. By this time it's about 9:45. My appointment is at 10:15, but I was supposed to get blood drawn at 9:15.

Oh well... I trek on. I rush into the building - ignoring the fact that I have to potty - and rush to the lab. It's 10:00. I get finished there in record time, rush back downstairs and check in for my appointment at exactly 10:15. Wow, I think, I'm back on schedule and ready to roll.

About two hours later I am still sitting in the waiting area. So much for rolling. My vitals have been taken and I'm waiting on the doctor. I read the magazine I've brought with me, but I begin to doze so I take a little nap. Someone wakes me up, I try to go back to sleep, I can't... I begin reading again and promptly doze off. Such a vicious cycle.

Once finished with the doctor, I go to the transportation department to get my travel money. The line is longer than I've ever seen. I wait for about 10 minutes before it dawns on me that I won't have enough time to wait in line, get my meds at the pharmacy, wait for my car at the valet and still make it home in time to get Andre off of the bus.

I rush back to the doctor and ask for her to put in an order to have the meds mailed. Rush to the valet and can't find my hook up to get my van quicker so I wait for that. I zoom outta the parking lot only to have to stop and get gas 'cause I'm on E. Yup, really needed that gas money.

So that I don't have to go home then back out to get Amareah (I pass the head start's street on the way home), I impatiently (people are so slow!) drive to her school with minutes to spare before making it home to get Andre. Just in time.

I finally eat lunch and sit down to get this all off of my chest. Hoping that releasing it will enable my brain to relax and accomplish something with the rest of the day. Hugh GIGANTIC sigh.

I guess now I'm a little late picking up Anna. Well, later than I normally am, but I have a couple/few things I need to get finished first. Maybe I'll get some Tasmanian speed in a minute and I can return home later, finish everything that needs to be done and go to bed at 8 p.m. when the kids do. Probably wishful thinking, I'll probably be late for that too.

A new commitment/resolution is in order for this New Year: BE ON TIME!

Off the subject note: For some reason I thought today was Tuesday, but - the bad thing is - I didn't think that the entire day. I knew my Wednesday appointment and commitments, but when I was about to post I was going to post what I often do on a Tuesday. Therefore, I don't have a Wordless Wednesday picture (Maybe something will eventually strike my fancy before the day is over) and I almost titled this post Tuesday's Theme. SIGH... I think I need a nap!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Making it happen

Here we are - another Monday - and there is already so much to do. Thankfully (luckily, happily!) I am feeling better. A little better everyday. So, although I didn't get very much done this weekend I was able to rest in order to heal. My laptop, books, magazines, datebook, coffee cup and anything else I've needed has been on the love seat with me in the living room. I think there's a permanent dent where my booty has been and the television and I are the best of friends. I even took a nap here one day.

Now that the week is about to officially begin (the kids are out of school today in recognition of Dr. King's birthday) I'm trying to get ready... I have laundry to finish, sheets to change, vacuuming to do, dishes to wash and a few other things. I'm going to try not to overdo it because I am so very glad that I feel better.

I guess now I should get up and get a real dinner prepared for my children. They've had chicken nuggets, sandwiches, dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets, Cheese-Its, raisins, granola bars... I think they've had enough of that. Well, at least they've had fresh fruit, grains and a few veggies this past weekend. And the chicken nuggets were real meat. So, they've had protein, dairy... Hey, I didn't do too bad for a sore, invisible illness, ChronicBabe, rocking momma!

We moms can really make things happen, can't we? Now I'm off to keep things rolling.

How was your weekend? What are your plans and goals for the week?

Discount codes

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